Odia photographer’s breathtaking click of Puri Srimandir takes the internet by storm

A stunning photograph of the Puri Srimandir captured by a young photographer from Odisha has caused an internet sensation and lists accolades from all walks of life, including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The image captured by Samarendra Dash amplifies the aura of the frightened ‘Patitapabana Bana’ (the sacred flag) as a column of solar rays fall directly on the ‘Nilachakra’, the sacred giant wheel mounted atop the 12th century shrine . The effect is more like the Sun God paying homage to the Lord of the Universe.

Yesterday, Dash beautifully captured the rare moment through her camera lens and uploaded the photo to her social media accounts. Moments later, the photo went viral on the Internet, drawing laurels from Internet users and the faithful.

Speaking to Twitter, CM Naveen Patnaik praised the young photographer and wrote: “Jai Jagannath … Thanks to young photographer Samarendra Dash for sharing this beautiful photo.”

Dash, a resident of the Chilika region, is currently working as a freelance photographer in Bhubaneswar. He previously worked with the Madhya Pradesh tourism department.

Meanwhile, Dash said the appreciation he has received for photography will motivate him in the future.

“The Chief Minister shared my photo on his Twitter account. It will encourage me to hone my skills and keep working hard, ”said Dash.

Nonetheless, the image is a sight to behold. It conveys many beliefs and legends associated with the Sreemandir in billions of words.

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